Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), a member of ‘The Squad’ in Congress, trails by double digits in polling for the upcoming Democrat primary for New York’s 16th Congressional District.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer leads Bowman by 17 points in an Emerson College Polling/PIX11/The Hill survey released Tuesday.

Latimer has a 48 percent to 31 percent advantage, with 21 percent of respondents undecided.

From The Hill:

The poll found that 51 percent of respondents have a favorable view of Bowman, compared to 43 percent who have an unfavorable view of the House Democrat. In comparison, 65 percent said they have a favorable view of Latimer, while 23 percent had an unfavorable view of the county executive.

“Voters under 40 break for Bowman: 44% to 35%, while voters over 40 break for Latimer,” Spencer Kimball, executive director of Emerson College Polling, explained in a press release.

“Democratic primary voters ages 40-59 break for Latimer 53% to 31%, while voters in their 60s break for Latimer 46% to 29%, and voters over 70 break for Latimer 53% to 22%.”

The numbers underscore the challenge the two-term incumbent faces ahead of the June 25 primary as he fights for reelection. Bowman was dogged by unflattering headlines last year after the House censured him for pulling a fire alarm during a key vote on government funding. He was also charged with a misdemeanor following the incident, though the House Democrat has argued that it was a mistake.

Hillary Clinton endorsed Latimer in the primary.

“With Trump on the ballot, we need strong, principled Democrats in Congress more than ever. In Congress, @LatimerforNY will protect abortion rights, stand up to the NRA, and fight for President Biden’s agenda—just like he’s always done. Make a plan to vote by June 25th!” Clinton said.

NBC News reports:

The primary between Bowman — a Black progressive member of the self-described “squad” of young lawmakers who have won House seats in the last six years — and Latimer, 70, the Westchester County executive, has exposed deep divisions in the Democratic Party and fueled intrigue ahead of this month’s election.

Bowman has won the backing of his fellow Democratic “squad” members, including New York House colleague Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as well as Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York and other members of Democratic leadership, who typically back incumbents.

But Latimer has high-profile allies, too, including a handful of former lawmakers and Democratic former Gov. David Paterson.

And Latimer has also gotten a major lift from the United Democracy Project, a super PAC affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a powerful pro-Israel advocacy group, that has spent almost $10 million on advertising in the district, according to the ad-tracking firm AdImpact. That’s the vast majority of the $13 million AdImpact has recorded in the district.

Many of those ads accuse Bowman of being too radical and voting against Biden’s priorities or tout Latimer as following through with “progressive results” during his time in government.

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